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Our Legends Car racer James Holman achieved a 6th and 8th place finish in this week’s international Legends Car sim races in Sweden (Thursday May 21st).

He qualified 12th on the 26-car grid, which included real-life Legends Car racers from eight European countries as well as the USA and South Africa.

He soon worked his way to 9th place and was then in a four-car battle for 6th, which he went on to win. In the second race, he did well to avoid several incidents to secure 8th place, and further boost his points tally.

“I was very happy to get a top six result,” he said. “The pace up at the front is so hot, it’ll be difficult to get a podium, but we’re getting closer!

“Apparently the Estonian track next week is a little less technical, so it’ll be interesting to see whether the field spread is closer.

“I’ll be working on setup and software settings this week to see if I can unlock the missing tenths of a second.”

James missed the opening round because of computer problems, but finished 10th and 13th at Ahvenisto, Finland, in round two last week.

The races, which take place each Thursday evening, are shown live on Facebook, YouTube, and Next week the series, run by the Baltic Touring Car Championship, moves to the auto24ring circuit near Pärnu, Estonia for round four.

Many racing series are moving online, while real racing is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In real-life racing, James competes as part of the Samsport team in the Irish Legends Car Championship, with sponsorship from Walker Vehicle Rental and support from us at Weltch Media.

A former rookie of the year and championship runner-up in the hotly contested UK Legends Car series, he finished runner-up in Ireland in 2016 and was fourth in 2018 and 2019.

Legends Car racing originated on the US oval tracks, and the cars have an American look, being 5/8-scale replicas of classic US models.

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